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2016 Royal Ascot lucky 15 tips - Four horses to back at this year's meeting

Conor Creamer picks out his four best bets for Royal Ascot 2016 in an unmissable ante post lucky 15.

As the flat racing’s biggest five-day meeting draws ever closer, it is time to delve deep into the antepost markets to find a Royal Ascot Lucky 15. This year’s festival is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent memory with many of the world’s best racehorses making the trip to the Berkshire track in search of further glory.

Here we take a look at four horses worthy of being included in a Royal Ascot Lucky 15.

Coventry Stakes - MEHMAS (6/1, bet365)

The Richard Hannon-trained two-year-old colt Mehmas arrives at Royal Ascot following defeat to Global Applause at Sandown recently, though there were many positives to take away from the outing.

First of all, Mehmas was clearly inconvenienced by the drop to five-furlongs following a convincing victory over six at Newbury on Lockinge day. Ridden by Frankie Dettori, he travelled powerfully in the rear of the field at Sandown Park before having to wait for a gap to open to utilises his sharp turn-of-foot. This gave rival Global Applause first run on Mehmas and ultimately earned Ed Dunlop’s colt the victory, and reversal of form.

None the less, Mehmas finished his race off at Sandown in convincing fashion to show that a return to six-furlongs is ideal for a horse of his style. Ascot’s straight, sharp six-furlongs should prove to be tailor-made for Richard Hannon’s colt who proved to be atop of the two-year-old division when winning at Newbury in May. 

At 6/1, the son of Acclamation represents terrific value in Tuesday’s Group Two Coventry Stakes.

Hardwicke Stakes - ELITE ARMY (12/1, bet365)

Already a winner at Royal Ascot in 2014, Elite Army heads to this year’s Royal meeting following an impressive return to action when winning over course-and-distance in a Listed contest last month. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained five-year-old raced keenly throughout the race before showing good acceleration inside the final furlong to win by half-a-length from Scotland in second.

The outing was Elite Army’s first for nearly a year and the gelded son of Authorized is expected to progress as the season continues, with the Hardwick Stakes at Ascot his next main target. The Godolphin-owned contender will arrive at the Berkshire track boasting a 100% record over course-and-distance, along with the possibility of further improvement. He is a lightly-raced individual and will only get better with his racing. At 12/1, Elite Army is a cracking each-way bet.


William Buick riding Elite Army.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes - MAGICAL MEMORY (6/1, bet365)

Magical Memory has completely dominated the six-furlong sprinting division thus far this season, and deserves to be the antepost favourite ahead of the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Charlie Hills’ talented four-year-old progressed quickly through the handicap ranks into pattern company last season and made a striking seasonal reappearance when winning a Group Three at Newmarket in April. Last year’s Stewards Cup victor then added the Duke Of York Stakes to his CV in convincing fashion last month, a performance which catapulted the son of Zebedee to the top of the Diamond Jubilee market.

Now with Group One glory in his sights, Magical Memory will head to Royal Ascot full of momentum in replicating the success of Muharrar (Commonwealth Cup) in 2015. Trainer Charlie Hills believes his gelding has all the credentials to win the Diamond Jubilee with fast ground further aiding his chances. His current price of 6/1 is very fair for a horse that boasts this season’s standout form.

Gold Cup - ORDER OF ST GEORGE (6/4, bet365)

Viewed by many as the banker of Royal Ascot 2016, Order Of St George arrives at the Berkshire track with outstanding claims of lifting the staying divisions most coveted prize. Victory in last season’s Irish St Leger elevated Aidan O’Brien’s inmate to atop of the long-distance division, though there were slight reservations regarding his need for rain-softened ground.

Order Of St George wins the Irish St Leger



However, such theories were quickly discarded when the four-year-old son of Galileo returned at Leopardstown earlier this month to record another resounding win on fast ground. The exciting colt will now take his place in the Gold Cup in a bid to give connections further success in the 2m4f Group One. 

The current market behind Order Of St George is in a state of turmoil which gives the four-year-old the perfect pathway towards winning Royal Ascot’s premier contest.

Selections:

Coventry Stakes - MEHMAS (6/1, bet365)
Hardwicke Stakes - ELITE ARMY (12/1, bet365)
Diamond Jubilee Stakes - MAGICAL MEMORY (6/1, bet365)
Gold Cup - ORDER OF ST GEORGE (6/4, bet365)

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